Morning Fire Claims Home in Henry County
Henry County Firefighters Enter Heavily Involved House Fire In Search of Possible Fire Victim
|Fire engulfed home on Graystone Drive.|
This morning, at just before five thirty, Henry County Firefighters responded to a house fire at 1669 Graystone Drive in Hampton. On the scene, just eight minutes after a neighbor notified 911, units were faced with a heavily engulfed structure fire and the whereabouts of the homeowner unknown. Although the firefighters were confronted with heavy fire conditions, entry was made into the structure in search of the occupant. Fortunately, the search revealed the homeowner was not inside the structure.
First arriving units reported heavy fire in the garage and attic of a one story residential structure. Initially, fire ground operations operated under the pretense there was possibly a person inside the home. Despite the amount of fire present, an aggressive interior attack and search was conducted and a knockdown on the fire was accomplished before there was a partial collapse. "Fortunately, the homeowner was accounted for at his place of employment and there were no injuries reported. However, due to a vehicle located in the garage, leaking fuel, extra measures were necessary to fully extinguish the fire,” stated Captain Sabrina Puckett. Two adjacent homes suffered exterior damage from radiant heat.
In the last thirty days we have responded to fourteen house fires. We would like to encourage homeowners to practice fire safety in their home and with their families. If you do not have a fire escape plan, take time to make one, review with all persons residing in home, and then practice it regularly. Also, we would like to remind citizens of the importance of not only having a smoke alarms, but checking to ensure they are working properly. Prepare today to possibly save yourself from devastation later!
This morning’s fire was declared under control just before six twenty this morning.
Origin and cause of the fire are unknown at this time. Fire investigation is underway by Henry County Fire Investigators.
More information will be released as it becomes available.